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I have a confession to make. I’m a little bit of a fringe thinker and social outcast! Why? Well, I don’t always follow the norm.

For example: it’s common custom on the 31st of the year to meet with your friends and family, stay up late, drink champagne or sparkling wine, watch TV or fireworks, get drunk in many cases, play loud music and then cheer up with the rest of the herd on the count of 10, scream “happy new year” and wish everybody health and success for the next 365 days.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy parties, but I just think that this entire ritual is pretty meaningless. 98% of people keep doing exactly the same things they were doing the year before, no matter how much wishful thinking they engage into on the 31st, and how many new year resolutions they swear by.

It’s weird, but January is a big month for Gyms all around the world! Why? That’s when people sign up for Gym membership, full of hope that THIS YEAR they will finally make it.

Actually, if everyone who pays for a gym membership would go three times a week, the gyms would be too full that they’d have to build new ones! It’s simply common knowledge in the business that over 60-70% of the subscribers quit after a month or two, but keep on paying.

So what do I do on new year’s eve?

Generally, I have one important goal in mind for that day: review the previous year with my successes and lessons learned, and plan the year ahead.

For about 10 years, I’ve been making a list of goals for every new year. I write down 100 goals, and then narrow it down to the three to five most important goals for the new year.

And for every other goal, I ask myself the question:

“Am I 100% committed to make it happen?”

If I’m not, then I either cross it off the list or put it in a different list.

Then I look at action steps I can take right now to make these goals happen. Typically, that means to ask myself, “what is the very next step I need to take to make this happen?”

So if you haven’t done this for the new year, I encourage you to do so.

1- First, write down a list of goals

2- Make sure you’re 100% committed to all of these goals

3- Narrow it down to about three main goals, that you’ll keep in mind every single day of the year

4- Take action immediately on those 3 goals.

5- Every week review your list of goals and add some items to your to-do list to take some actions towards these goals.

By the way, if you read this and don’t actually do the process in the next 60 minutes, then I can probably bet my shirt on the fact that you’re never going to do it. So, modify the process in a way that works for you… but make sure you do it!

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.


Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.